Greco-Roman wraps up 2017 Junior World Championships for USA

BY TAYLOR MILLER, USA WRESTLING

Photo: Randon Miranda at the 2017 Junior World Championships. Photo by Richard Immel.

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TAMPERE, Finland – The U.S. Greco-Roman Junior World Team wrapped up its 2017 Junior World Championships on Sunday afternoon in Tampere, Finland.

Overall the U.S. Greco team had one of its best performances in recent memory, sending two wrestlers to the finals for the first time since 1993 and capturing its first Junior World title since 1999.

“I think a day like yesterday shows us that it’s possible and that we can do,” Greco Junior World Team coach Gary Mayabb said. “I think it acts as an igniter for where we want to be as a program and as a nation. I’m confident that we’ll redouble our efforts and we’ll come back with that.”

Team USA as a whole earned a Junior World champion in all three styles for the first time in history, with men’s freestylers Daton Fix, Mark Hall and Gable Steveson, women’s wrestler Maya Nelson and Greco’s Kamal Bey all winning gold. The Red, White and Blue also picked up four silver medals and two bronze throughout the week.

In day two of Greco action, the U.S. was unable to qualify for a medal.

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